June 23, 2020

Published June 23, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

Pray for patience, comfort and courage: “O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. With your faithful help rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters. Do not let the flood sweep over me, or the deep swallow me up.”

                  Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, June 23, 2020

33I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

                  John 16: 33  

Courage. One of the thesaurus synonyms for the word is audacity. Webster defines that as shameless or brazen boldness. Our times call for courage, for brazen boldness as we look to our Savior, God’s word made flesh, to discover our course and pathways in this time and this place. At St. Matthew’s New Life, we will have the opportunity to rediscover who we are as a community of faith as we gather to explore our dreams, our hopes, our passion and our mission.

Our Dream Leaders workshop has been rescheduled for August 15, 2020. Save the date and please plan to attend. We will practice good precautions and maintain social distancing in order to protect each other. Be a part of our future together.

 A prayer attributed to Francis of Assisi

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.